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2020-2021 Imagine Conference


When Autism is a Delay & When It's Not

By Patrick McGreevy, PA & Assosiates

September 24, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 PM (MST)


Early Detection & Intervention for Young Children with Autism

By Laura Charin, Clinical Director, Autism Spectrum Therapies, Katie Wylie, Early Childhood Director, Alta Mira

October 1, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 PM (MST)


Coaching in the Early Childhood Environment for Students with Autism

By Felicia Nevarez, Educational Consultant, UNM-CDD

October 15, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 PM (MST)


Early Intervention Q & A

Facilitated by Lyn Wilson-King, Program Specialist, UNM-CDD

October 22, 2020 3:30-5:00 PM (MST)


UNM CDD is now providing Supports Waiver Services in the state of New Mexico!​

What is Supports Waiver?

The new Supports Waiver is an option for individuals who are on the DD Waiver Wait list.   The Supports Waiver started on July 1st, 2020 and Individuals who are on the wait list will receive a letter of interest, called an offer, from DDSD.   Individuals on the wait list will keep their spot on the wait list for the DD or Mi Via Waiver.   

What does the Supports Waiver offer?

Once the eligibility criteria for the supports waiver is met, the individual will have Medicaid coverage and will have to choose a Managed Care Organization.   This eligibility is based on the income of the individual only, not the household.   The Supports Waiver also provides $10,000 per year per participant that can be used for services and supports that are related to the qualifying disability or condition.  

Check out our new supports waiver website ​for more information or call Janelle Groover, UNM CDD Support Waiver Program manager @ 505-401-9328 for more information.

Una serie especial para familias de habla hispana (A Special Series for Spanish Speaking Families)

Los Programas de Autismo de la Universidad de Nuevo México están ofreciendo actualmente presentaciones para familias cuyo primer idioma es el español. La serie “Hilos sobre el Autismo” se presentará el primer jueves de cada mes de 1:00 a 2:15 PM. Cada mes se presentará un tema de interés para las familias a través del Internet utilizando un servicio en línea llamado “Zoom”. Cada presentación gratis les ofrecerá a los participantes la oportunidad de reunirse y discutir el tema presentado y de conectarse con otras familias de Nuevo México.

Si tienen preguntas, por favor comuníquense con: Teresa en; Brittany en; o Sylvia en

Para registrarse por única vez, por favor ingresen a: Enlace de registro

The Autism Programs at the University of New Mexico is now offering presentations for families whose first language is Spanish. The series, “Hilos sobre el Autismo” will be presented the first Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:15 PM. Every month, a topic of interest to families will be presented over the internet using an online service called “Zoom”. Each free presentation will offer an opportunity for participants to engage and discuss the topic as well as connect with other New Mexico families. If you have questions, please contact: Teresa at; Brittany at; or Sylvia at

For one-time registration to the series, click on the link below: Registration Link

Congratulations to UNM CDD Partners for Employment and the Rust Medical Center Project Search team for receiving national recognition!

Over the past six years, CDD Partners for Employment has developed seven Project SEARCH programs throughout New Mexico. Project SEARCH is a business-based internship program for students with disabilities, age 18-22, preparing them for integrated, competitive employment. A hallmark of the Project SEARCH model is the collaborative support among businesses, school, provider agencies, and state agencies who undergird each team. 

We’re thrilled that Rio Rancho’s Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Project SEARCH team has been recognized by National Project SEARCH for this year’s “Transformative Collaboration” spotlight award! The annual award recognizes a Project SEARCH team whose collaboration skills have transformed not only the employment outcomes for its students but also the effective delivery of services for each agency or business on the team. With more than 500 Project SEARCH sites nationwide, the spotlight award is a significant recognition of the success of the Pres Rust team. Pres Rust Project SEARCH is a collaboration of UNM Center for Development and Disability, Pres Rust Medical Center, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Adelante Inc., NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and NM DOH Developmental Disabilities Services Division. 

Enjoy this video spotlighting the Pres Rust Medical Project SEARCH site.

Well done, team!

Celebrate Americans with Disabilities Act Day on July 26, 2020

In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a Proclamation designating July 26, 2020 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day!

Read the text of the full proclamation from the governor!

Partners in Policymaking® A Leadership Training Program

Looking for the future leaders in the area of disabilities in New Mexico 2020-2021

The Partners in Policymaking ® Program is about:

  • Becoming an Advocate or Leader
  • The Value of Inclusion
  • Empowerment and Self-Determination
  • Creating Positive Change

Attend virtual sessions from September 2020 to April 2021. Participants will be se-lected through an application process.

More Information


2020 - 2021 Autism Training Calendar

Check here for the new Autism Training Calendar for information on this year's trainings.

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary The Autism Programs presents:

2020-2021 Imagine Conference

A Future that is Flourishing

Our gift to the community is the opportunity to attend this VIRTUAL conference at no cost!
Access keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and workshops that encourage learner engagement for individuals with autism, families and professionals

July & August 2020 – Behavioral Health
September & October 2020 – Early Intervention
November & December 2020 – Employment & Transition into Adulthood
January & February 2021 – ABA/Behavioral Intervention
March & April 2021 – Healthcare & Access
May 2021 – Neurodiversity, Life Skill Building/Self-Determination
June 2021 – Disability Rights

FOR QUESTIONS, email or call 505-272-1852.

Click here for more information on the conference.


THRIVE Program taking applications!

This online program aims to maximize a person’s understanding of their life through self-determination and help them set goals for self-regulation and decision making. We will specifically address this by offering opportunities for adults to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  1. Self-awareness, self-determination & self-advocacy
  2. Life management, personal health, and financial literacy
  3. Career exploration and preparation

THRIVE Program Application

Parents As Teachers Program Hightlighted in HSC Newsroom

The UNM CDD Parents As Teachers Program has an article about it's excellent services in the UNM HSC Newsroom.

"The program was recognized recently by the Parents as Teachers national organization as a blue ribbon affiliate for the high-quality services they are providing to families in Bernalillo and Valencia counties."

Read Article

More about Parents As Teachers

Webcasts: Autism Office Hours

Questions and autism often go hand in hand; Just when you think you’ve got it, something changes. This online Q & A session is called Autism Office Hours and it will offer support and practical information for families to apply in their daily lives. A team of professionals will be answering questions that have been submitted by the autism community on various themes.

The first Webcast is on the Autism Portal and is entitled, “Wait, I’m Not a Therapist! Balancing Telehealth Services and Home Life.”

Autism Podcasts Now Available!

The Autism Program is now offering “The Inside View,” a series of monthly audio podcasts on topics relevant to the autism community. This year, the series is entitled, “Accessing Community... Real Questions by Parents for Parents”. Access the podcast series here!

Establishing Healthy Routines Podcast Presenters: Kim Fredenburgh and Kristen Red-Horse, MOT,OTR/L (left)

UNM Productions, Manuel Machuca (far left)

The Inside View Host: Lauriann King (left)

Project Lead: Karen “Cal” Wright (not pictured)

2020 Continuing Education Series for Pediatric Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists

The New Mexico LEND program at the Center for Development and Disability (CDD) is partnering with the UNM Division of Physical Therapy program to bring you the continuing education series for pediatric physical and occupational therapists and related professionals. The 2020 Pediatric Study Group series occurs the second Thursday of the month from 6pm – 8pm in February, April, September and November. You can participate by attending in person at the CDD or remotely. Continuing education credits for PTs and OTs are offered free of charge. The topics and details are listed here:

List of dates and seminar topics
Dates (Thurs) Topic
Feb 13, 2020 Schroth Method for Treatment of Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis
April 9, 2020 Managing Pain in Pediatric Patients
Sept 10, 2020 Partnering with Families from Different Cultures
Nov 12, 2020 Emerging Therapies for SMA and DMD

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